Earth Starter was formed to solve what the founders believe will be the world's most pressing issue in upcoming years: sustainable healthy food supplies. Our goal is to help people reduce their dependency on global food markets while focusing on creating a more nourishing Earth. The first product, the Nourishmat, is changing the way people think about food. Earth Starter products will allow people everywhere to adapt to environmental and economic constraints as we collectively strive towards a more sustainable world.
After experiencing Cupid's Cup and 3 other competitions, hands down Cupid's Cup offered the best support structure for entrepreneurs to learn as well as pitch during the competition period. Improvement is key during these experiences. Everyone can win if they can find some value in the experience, whether it is meeting an angel investor or a lifelong business connection with a fellow entrepreneur.
Since winning Cupid's Cup, we have had five members join the team. Excluding the Cupid's Cup grand prize we have added an additional $130,000 in revenue since April and have been featured in Fast Company, NPR, Yahoo! and Venture Beat. We've also sold into 30+ states and 15 countries around the world.
The advice from the Dingman Center and Kevin Plank has been transformational. The words BE THERE resonate in my head everyday. And the extreme focused to ward off professional fundraisers has allowed us to grow tremendously through our customer base. Now that we have shown proof of concept and a following we continue to grow a sustainable business and assure our investors that a mission driven company can do good and make money at the same time.
Best of all we now know that we have a family to come home to at the Dingman Center — which we did not have before at the University of Maryland.
CoverPlay Audio is revamping the listening experience of mobile device users through the introduction of the world's thinnest premium Bluetooth speaker—the Mojo. CoverPlay creates innovative solutions using ultra-thin and ultra-light electrostatic speaker technology. The company's current product goal is to create large sound that is as mobile and sleek as current mobile devices, providing sound as mobile as you are, like the Mojo, CoverPlay's ultrathin premium portable speaker.
Most business competitions focus on the concept of a business and how big it is and how well it could possibly do. Cupid's Cup brings the competition down from out of the clouds and has real businesses that are making money and have their feet on the ground. The competition is much more impressive than most considering the businesses have to have already proved they have real worth.
Meeting with Kevin Plank was awesome, since he's kind of an entrepreneurship hero. He taught me about getting to market fast and clearing away obstacles. In fact, one of the best moments of my life was when I didn't make it to the finals and he looked down at the list of finalists in his hand and said, "I'm going to do something a little unorthodox," then looked up and pointed right at me. "You. You are going to the finals. I love your company.
Diagnostic anSERS Inc. produces inexpensive, ink-jet printed SERS-active substrates. Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) requires two components: a Raman spectrometer and a substrate, but the sheer cost of the non-reusable SERS substrates drastically limits its commercial potential. Through our printing method, we produce and sell our products—the P-SERS Spot™, the P-SERS Swab™ and the P-SERS Dipstick™at a much lower price than our competition.
While the audience only saw the final six companies, what amazed me was the vast amount of support Cupid's Cup received throughout all stages of the competition. From mentoring to interviewing to networking with the competitors, the experienced entrepreneurs who volunteered their time behind the scenes showed that the Mid-Atlantic region has a strong startup community and that the new, national Cupid's Cup is here to stay.
Hole Patch temporarily patches potholes in a more cost effective, environmentally sustainable, and efficient manner. Our technology is centered on the application of a shear thickening Non-Newtonian gel,contained in an ultra-durable bag which is then placed in a pothole. The bag conforms to the contours of the pothole and hardens when a car drives over it Hole Patch aims to replace cold patch, which is currently used to patch potholes in the winter until warm enough for road crews to surface the roads.
As finalists in Cupid's Cup we were truly welcomed into a network of entrepreneurs and business experts that helped grow our company and accelerate our business. For our company, the most rewarding aspect continues to be these relationships that were forged during the competition. Cupid's Cup was one of the only competitions that both demanded and fostered growth between rounds. As finalists, we were challenged by our advisors to refine our business utilizing the guidance of the Dingman Center and semi-finalist judges.
Moolaguides.com provides simple and efficient access to thousands of extra study materials through an online platform that facilitates the buying and selling of student generated study guides and study aides. Student sellers upload their documents onto our website for no fee, list the sale price, promote the document, and receive 80 percent per transaction, with Moolaguides.com receiving 20 percent commission. Student buyers benefit from 24/7 access to thousands of study documents/study aides for upcoming exams.
Intracranial pressure (ICP), the pressure inside the skull, is a key physiologic metric that is used to diagnose numerous neurologic conditions, including those stemming from traumatic brain injury (TBI). Today, ICP is measured by drilling a hole into the patient's skull and surgically implanting a sensor, which is limited to use within intensive care units (ICU) due to the invasiveness of the procedure. In fact, 40% of severe TBI patients in the United States do not receive the recommended ICP monitoring because of limited technical expertise. Neural Analytics is dedicated to developing and bringing to market RapidICP, a noninvasive method for measuring ICP using a portable ultrasound technology.